Tracking Invasive Weeds with a Web Mapping Application

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The CalWeedMapper opening page.
Client:   Calflora and California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC)

Managing invasive weeds is a large project, and California has a robust network to detect them early so that resource managers can focus efforts on eradication. and containment The California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) worked with GreenInfo to create the CalWeedMapper, a web site and mapping application making these databases available to everyone concerned about managing invasive species.

GreenInfo took on two tasks: designing an overall website, and building a very capable web mapping and reporting application.

The website design involved developing an overall approach, creating a logo design and graphic look and feel for the site, and then bringing in the Cal-IPC's content.  GreenInfo worked with our design partner, Ison Design, on the graphic elements.

The web mapping draws upon complex habitat suitability models, as well as reported locations of invasive species. Having chosen an area, end users may download a multi-page full-color PDF report of "management opportunities" detailing species in the area. Alternately, a specific plant may be chosen and a detailed report of that species' presence can be generated, indicating areas in which it is still a concern.

Results: The CalWeedMapper has been a significant success. The PDF reports generated are used in presentations and in the planning of weed control actions.

Focus:   Conservation, Environment  

Services:  Interactive Solutions, Applications Development, Web Mapping, Website Design 

Tags:   California, OpenLayers, invasive species, modeling, plants, weeds  

Project Years: 2011-2013

Documents: ManagementOpportunitiesReport_Sacramento_County.pdf, SpeciesMap_Australian_saltbush_Sacramento_County.pdf

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